Here’s a provision of the proposed Baltimore Teachers Union contract that escaped my notice but caught the eye of the editors of the Washington Post. The tentative agreement – voted down by the BTU rank-and-file – proposes a system by which teachers would be paid not strictly according to years and college credits, but by “achievement units” accumulated.
A teacher would receive 12 AUs for the highest grade on an evaluation and 1 AU for each college credit. But work your way to page 9 of the tentative agreement and you find a teacher is to be awarded 3 AUs annually for being a union building representative.
District and union officials have made it plain that despite the defeat, they have no plans to substantially change the agreement. They will “concentrate instead on clearly explaining the terms of the innovative contract.” In layman’s terms, that means twisting enough arms to put the contract over the top.
I’ll be standing by to hear them explain the pedagogical benefits of being a shop steward.